Weekend Estimates: 'The Boss' ($23.48M) & 'Batman v Superman' ($23.44M) in Tight Race for First Place; 'Hardcore Henry' ($5.10M) Arrives SoftlyApril 10, 2016 09:42 AM

by Daniel Garris

It was an extremely close race between Universal's The Boss and Warner's Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice for first place this weekend. The Boss is currently estimated to come out ahead with $23.48 million, but with an estimated lead of only $45,000, either film could ultimately end up in first place this weekend.

Regardless of whether or not it ends up in first place this weekend, The Boss outpaced expectations and performed well with its modest price tag in mind. The Melissa McCarthy led R-rated comedy also proved to be critic-proof this weekend. The film's opening weekend performance was 9 percent ahead of the $21.58 million opening weekend of 2014's Tammy (though it should be noted that Tammy's opening weekend take was softened by a Wednesday debut) and 19 percent below the $29.09 million debut of last year's Spy (it should be noted that The Boss had been widely expected to open below Spy). With this weekend's performance of The Boss, McCarthy continues to remain one of the more consistent box office draws in recent years. McCarthy will next appear in Sony's Ghostbusters, which arrives on July 15.

The Boss started out with $8.11 million on Friday (which included an estimated $985,000 from Thursday night shows), increased a healthy 20 percent on Saturday to take in $9.73 million and is estimated to decline 42 percent on Sunday to gross $5.64 million. That gave the film an estimated opening weekend to Friday ratio of 2.90 to 1. The Boss skewed heavily toward female moviegoers (67 percent) and slightly towards moviegoers under the age of 35 (51 percent). Audience reception to The Boss appears to be lackluster as the film received a C+ rating on CinemaScore and current has a Flixster audience score of just 50 percent. With that in mind, it's quite possible that The Boss won't hold up as well going forward as McCarthy's previous hits have. On the other hand, the film's mentioned strong Saturday hold is an early encouraging sign.

After leading the box office for the past two weeks Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice fell to a close second place this weekend with an estimated $23.44 million. The blockbuster 3D superhero film starring Ben Affleck and Henry Cavill continued to fall off sharply, as the film was down 54 percent from last weekend. Batman v Superman is now on the verge of reaching the $300 million domestic mark with a 17-day take of $296.69 million. However, as a result of its soft holding power thus far, Batman v Superman is now running just 1 percent ahead of the $294.51 million 17-day take of last year's Furious 7 (which fell 51 percent in its third weekend to gross $29.16 million). With that in mind, Batman v Superman will soon fall behind the pace of Furious 7, especially with Disney's highly anticipated The Jungle Book entering the marketplace this coming Friday.

While Batman v Superman continued to decline sharply this weekend, Disney's Zootopia continued to display strong holding power with an estimated third place take of $14.35 million. The blockbuster 3D computer animated film was down just 26 percent from last weekend. Without taking into account ticket price inflation, Zootopia registered the eighth largest sixth weekend gross of all-time. Zootopia is also on the verge of reaching the $300 million domestic mark with a 38-day take of $296.01 million. The film is now running just 8 percent behind the $320.39 million 38-day take of last year's Inside Out and will continue to make up ground in that comparison going forward. Zootopia already has a current total gross to opening weekend ratio of 3.94 to 1.

Universal's My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 placed in fourth with an estimated $6.42 million. The PG-13 rated comedy sequel starring and written by Nia Vardalos was down 43 percent, as the film took a hit from the debut The Boss this weekend. My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 continues to perform towards the higher end of expectations with a 17-day take of $46.75 million. That places the film 6 percent behind the $49.59 million 17-day gross of last year's The Intern (which fell just 26 percent in its third weekend to take in $8.68 million). My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 will hope to re-stabilize next weekend with the debut of The Boss behind it.

Hardcore Henry rounded out the weekend's top five with an estimated $5.10 million. The low-budget action film from STX Entertainment opened below pre-release expectations and delivered a lackluster per-location average of $1,690 from just 3,015 locations. The trailer for Hardcore Henry had gone over well, especially online, but that reception ultimately failed to get moviegoers to see the film this weekend. Hardcore Henry delivered the lowest debut for STX Entertainment to date in the distributor's young history. The film opened with $2.01 million on Friday (which included an estimated $380,000 from Thursday night shows), declined a concerning 7 percent on Saturday to gross $1.87 million and is estimated to slide 35 percent on Sunday to take in $1.22 million. That places the film's estimated opening weekend to Friday ratio at a fairly front-loaded 2.54 to 1. Much like The Boss, Hardcore Henry doesn't appear to be going over all that well with moviegoers. Hardcore Henry also received a C+ rating on CinemaScore and has a respectable current Flixster audience score of 66 percent.

Faith-based films Miracles from Heaven and God's Not Dead 2 claimed sixth and seventh place with respective estimated takes of $4.80 million and $4.05 million. Sony's Miracles from Heaven was down a very solid 34 percent this weekend, while God's Not Dead 2 was down a sizable 47 percent. Miracles from Heaven passed the $50 million mark this weekend and continues to perform nicely with $53.81 million in 26 days. God's Not Dead 2 has been far less impressive with $13.84 million in ten days and clearly isn't duplicating the word of mouth or the performance of its predecessor, 2014's God's Not Dead, which grossed $21.75 million in its first ten days after falling just 4.5 percent in its second weekend to take in $8.80 million.

Daily Domestic Gross Mon, Sep. 4 2017

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Sep. 4 2017LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Hitman's Bodyguard$2,736,702-33%3,370-7$812$57,966,9263Lionsgate / Summit
2Annabelle: Creation$1,684,182-39%3,358-207$502$90,866,0144Warner Bros. / New Line
3Wind River$1,610,903-34%2,602507$619$20,270,8575The Weinstein Company
4Leap!$1,420,389-22%2,705130$525$12,760,9852The Weinstein Company
5Dunkirk$1,201,752-33%2,752-22$437$180,204,5787Warner Bros.
6Logan Lucky$1,061,944-37%2,975-56$357$22,502,6163Bleeker Street
7Spider-Man: Homecoming$1,035,187-28%2,036-86$508$325,120,9229Sony / Columbia
8The Emoji Movie$806,295-18%2,108-266$382$81,147,9576Sony / Columbia
9Despicable Me 3$753,165-28%2,13216$353$258,789,67510Universal
10The Nut Job 2: Nutty By Nature$676,039-23%2,651-439$255$26,632,1324Open Road
11Cars 3$610,418-20%2,4452231$250$151,521,55112Disney
12Girls Trip$532,430-36%1,607-170$331$112,097,7257Universal
13Birth Of The Dragon$480,380-26%1,63315$294$5,876,8452OTL Releasing
14Wonder Woman$479,667-40%1,808-402$265$409,537,03914Warner Bros.
15Kidnap$400,879-37%1,689-4$237$29,769,4915Aviron Pictures
16The Dark Tower$384,536-37%1,820-518$211$47,825,8875Sony / Columbia
17The Glass Castle$370,692-31%1,36062$273$15,129,0654Lionsgate Lionsgate
18The Big Sick$317,107-44%1,270564$250$41,308,81811Lionsgate
19War for the Planet of the Apes$312,250-31%1,041-73$300$144,676,8308Fox
20Baby Driver$310,735-46%1,463-294$212$105,843,27210Sony / TriStar

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Sep. 4 2017LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Close Encounters of the Third Kind (re-release)$453,199-28%901--$503$2,220,9571Sony
2All Saints$416,458-3%8460$492$3,834,2522Sony Pictures
3Hazlo Como Hombre$268,382-39%382--$703$1,442,8661Lionsgate / Pantelion
4Tulip Fever$236,611-34%765--$309$1,394,6281Weinstein Company
5Atomic Blonde$202,025-40%741-248$273$50,563,7256Focus Features
6Ingrid Goes West$141,754-35%625-22$227$2,457,4834Neon
7Good Time$83,382-33%635-86$131$1,712,6454A24
8Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets$71,514-34%280-38$255$40,148,4587EuropaCorp/STXfilms
9I Do... Until I Don't$63,484--165--$385$234,2591The Film Arcade
10Detroit$61,627-20%331-194$186$16,587,8266Annapurna Pictures
11Patti Cake$$61,134-33%295236$207$596,6663Fox Searchlight
12The Trip to Spain$51,563--130--$397$593,6034IFC Films
1347 Meters Down$51,129-43%430118$119$44,068,75512Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures
15Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales$47,857-36%18621$257$172,325,38115Disney
16Megan Leavey$43,798-21%383331$114$13,359,42413Bleeker Street
17Terminator 2: Judgment Day 3D$43,069--288--$150$974,8602Distrib Films
18Captain Underpants$38,891-33%144-73$270$73,688,74914Fox / DreamWorks Animation
19Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2$36,407-57%196-103$186$389,682,71718Disney
20Maudie$30,684--106--$289$5,940,52112Sony Pictures Classics
21Valley Of Bones$26,703--300--$89$134,0761Smith Global Media
22A Gentleman$20,130-38%130-5$155$381,7612FIP
23The Only Living Boy In New York$18,056-27%135-154$134$578,2554Roadside Attractions / Amazon Studios

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Sep. 4 2017LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Shubh Mangal Savdhan$65,173--80--$815$325,1721Eros International
2A Taxi Driver$42,797--31--$1,381$1,381,9704Well Go USA
3Columbus$27,270--29--$940$407,6665Sundance Institute’s Creative Distribution Fellowship
4Toilet: Ek Prem Katha$17,885-46%49-35$365$1,818,6034Reliance Pictures
5An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power$17,153-32%80-47$214$3,473,2976Paramount
6Crown Heights$14,609--54--$271$160,9273IFC Films
7Wolf Warrior 2$13,756--24--$573$2,668,6156The H Collective
8Gook$11,732--27--$435$189,7683Samuel Goldwyn Films
9Viceroy's House$11,420--4--$2,855$59,5541IFC Films
10Beach Rats$11,076-31%85$1,385$123,8162Neon
11Step$10,004-33%42-76$238$1,069,6695Fox Searchlight
12Lost in Paris$9,706--19--$511$584,87912Oscilloscope Laboratories
13Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked The World$6,856--16--$429$124,7816Kino Lorber
14Marjorie Prime$6,222--12--$519$98,7823FilmRise Releasing
15Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$5,630--3--$1,877$10,874,783179Warner Bros. / IMAX
16The Adventurers$5,191--4--$1,298$178,2433Well Go USA
17Polina$4,640--4--$1,160$47,1032Oscilloscope Laboratories
18Beatriz at Dinner$4,39342%245$183$7,051,64313Roadside Attractions
19We Love You, Sally Carmichael!$4,0681534%111$370$20,2435Purdie Distribution
20The Hero$3,763-36%392$96$4,052,14013The Orchard
21Heat and Dust (2017 re-release)$3,665--4--$916$13,9531Cohen Media Group
22The Nile Hilton Incident$3,607--6--$601$45,8204Strand Releasing
23The Fencer$3,562--7--$509$64,6377CFI Releasing
24The Boss Baby$3,322-5%90-7$37$174,966,64823Fox / DreamWorks Animation
25The Teacher$3,155--5--$631$18,4571Film Movement
26Love, Kennedy$2,8911571%101$289$393,06514Purdie Distribution
27Journey to the South Pacific$2,832--2--$1,416$7,542,425197IMAX / MacGillivray Freeman
28Landline$2,495--24--$104$919,9977Magnolia Pictures
29Sidemen: Long Road to Glory$2,323--3--$774$20,5923Abramorama
30Turn It Around: The Story of East Bay Punk$2,235--3--$745$42,4876Abramorama
31Whose Streets?$2,184--24--$91$150,3844Magnolia Pictures
32Dawson City: Frozen Time$1,951--3--$650$117,40613Kino Lorber Films
33Lady Macbeth$1,902-55%29-12$66$1,079,6748Roadside Attractions
34A Ghost Story$1,842--15--$123$1,566,4529A24
36Under the Sea 3D$1,294--3--$431$35,616,701447Warner Bros. / IMAX
37Dolores$1,275--1--$1,275$14,8091PBS Distribution
38Once Upon A Time$1,262--5--$252$482,1274Well Go USA Entertainment
39Letters from Baghdad$1,205--4--$301$332,22814Vitagraph Films
40A Boy Called Po$838-8%10--$84$3,5311Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures Freestyle Digital Media
41The Villainess$809--3--$270$11,9612Well Go USA Entertainment
42Legend of the Naga Pearls$787--2--$394$12,9952Well Go USA Entertainment
44Born to Be Wild 3D$671--6--$112$25,530,687335Warner Bros. / IMAX
45Le Trou$621-11%1--$621$27,36910Rialto Pictures
46The Vault (2017)$600--11--$55$4,9081FilmRise
47Served Like a Girl$59328%62$99$7,0972Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures
48Slack Bay$556--2--$278$109,69420Kino Lorber Films
49Leon Morin, Priest (2017 re-release)$478--1--$478$43,76117Rialto Pictures
50Dalida$456--1--$456$2,9171Under The Milky Way
51City of Ghosts$416--6--$69$127,5419IFC Films / Amazon
52It Comes At Night$403--10--$40$13,897,26613A24
53The Girl Without Hands$249-28%61$42$17,5427GKIDS
54False Confessions$123--3--$41$29,1718Big World Pictures
55The Untamed$114--1--$114$25,0367Strand Releasing
56In Pursuit of Silence$98-32%2--$49$19,74211Cinema Guild
57Moka$77--4--$19$122,92712Film Movement
58Hubble 3D$75--2--$38$51,870,292390Warner Bros. / IMAX
59The Ornithologist$73--1--$73$48,54611Strand Releasing
60Red Christmas$19--3--$6$8792Artsploitation